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mewithoutYou say 2020 will be their last year, planning ‘Brother, Sister’ tour

mewithoutYou at Webster Hall
mewithoutYou at Webster Hall in 2017 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

mewithoutYou have announced that they’re calling it a day after 2020. They write, “We have decided on next year as our last as an active band. We nevertheless have many plans in the interim, the details of which are forthcoming.”

As previously mentioned, those 2020 plans include opening Thrice’s Vheissu tour, alongside Drug Church and Holy Fawn (including NYC’s Brooklyn Steel on 2/8 and NJ’s Starland Ballroom 2/9) (tickets). All dates are listed below.

mewithoutYou formed in 2000, which means their final year will also mark their 20th anniversary. Their latest album is 2018’s [Untitled], which was not just one of the best albums of the band’s career, but one of the best albums of 2018 in general. If next year is their last year as a band, they’ll be going out on a very high note.

UPDATE (10/21): mewithoutYou issued a longer statement on their final year, including plans to do a Brother, Sister tour in the spring, a farewell tour in the fall, and release some reissues. They also clarify that they “hope not to put too fine a point on our corporate disbanding.” Here’s their full statement:

By the end of next year mewithoutYou will no longer be active. We have sensed for almost two years that 2020 would be an ideal time for this transition, and as the new year approaches we felt it was time to let you know. The reasons are numerous, but suffice to say the decision was collectively born out of honesty, respect, and love for one another.

We do have plans in the meantime. Early next year we will be supporting Thrice on their 15-Year Vheissu Anniversary Tour in January and February. After that we expect to bring Brother, Sister out on the road in late Spring, and to tour overseas. Then in the Fall we will head out one last time for our formal “farewell tour.” We’ve got some special re-issues planned as well.

We should recognize, of course, the gesture to “break up the band” as limited in significance. mewithoutYou is an abstraction, unsubstantial, and so there is nothing real to break up, or alive to die. And something of the inverse is also true: that so much of whatever we are will not end with our “farewell.” So we hope not to put too fine a point on our corporate disbanding.

Nevertheless, our lives will be changing, and we are collectively experiencing a mixture of heartbreak, excitement, anxiety, etc.—but above all this is, once again, gratitude. We’d like to lovingly acknowledge those who have supported us over the past two decades. Your kinship with our project and participation in its activity has helped us build our lives in a unique and exciting way. Our connection with you is deeper, we now suspect, than any of us have realized. Words feel here, as so often, insufficient.

Sincerely,
mewithoutYou

mewithoutYou — 2020 Tour Dates
Jan 23 | San Francisco, CA | Warfield Theatre
Jan 24 | Portland, OR | Roseland Theater
Jan 25 | Seattle, WA | Showbox SoDo
Jan 27 | Salt Lake City, UT | The Union Event Center
Jan 28 | Denver, CO | Summit Music Hall
Jan 30 | Minneapolis, MN | First Avenue
Jan 31 | Chicago, IL | Concord Music Hall
Feb 01 | Detroit, MI | St. Andrew’s Hall
Feb 03 | Pittsburgh, PA | Stage AE
Feb 04 | Rochester, NY | Anthology
Feb 05 | Columbus, OH | Newport Music Hall
Feb 07 | Worcester, MA | The Palladium
Feb 08 | Brooklyn, NY | Brooklyn Steel
Feb 09 | Sayreville, NJ | Starland Ballroom
Feb 11 | Philadelphia, PA | Franklin Music Hall
Feb 12 | Baltimore, MD | Rams Head Live
Feb 13 | Norfolk, VA | The NorVa
Feb 14 | Carrboro, NC | Cat’s Cradle
Feb 15 | Columbia, SC | The Senate
Feb 16 | Orlando, FL | House of Blues
Feb 18 | Atlanta, GA | Heaven at The Masquerade
Feb 20 | Austin, TX | Emo’s
Feb 21 | Houston, TX | House of Blues
Feb 22 | Dallas, TX | House of Blues
Feb 24 | Tempe, AZ | Marquee Theatre
Feb 25 | San Diego, CA | The Observatory
Feb 27 | Las Vegas, NV | Brooklyn Bowl
Feb 29 | Los Angeles, CA | The Novo

all dates with Thrice, Drug Church, Holy Fawn

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